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Mother of AMBER Alert victim accused of child endangerment

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) - Shelly Johns, the mother of an AMBER Alert victim, now faces charges as she's accused of child endangerment.

According to criminal complaints, Johns' 10-year-old daughter, the AMBER Alert victim, told investigators that circular injury under her right eye, came from a cigarette burn. The girl says that her mother burned her with a lit cigarette while she was mad. Johns' told police that the injury happened when she was disciplining her daughter, and that her daughter was hitting her, pulling her hair and kicking her. A medical exam shows that the injury to the young girl's eye is consistent with a cigarette burn. 

A separate criminal complaint alleges that Johns' also kept drugs in the Coralville home that she and her daughter lived in; she claimed that she'd been smoking meth for the past 6 months - even doing so while her daughter was home. The 10-year-old told investigators that she saw her mother using a white substance, which she knew was meth, with other people while she was home.

Police also say they found drug paraphernalia, and bags with white and green residue in the home.

Johns was booked in the Johnson County Jail on Friday morning; she's charged with endangerment with no injury and child endangerment causing bodily injury. As of Friday morning, she was held on a $12,500 bond.

Johns' daughter was allegedly kidnapped by her husband at the beginning of march; he faces several charges related to that incident.
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